January 31

Birthdays: Zane Grey (1872), John O’Hara (1905), Thomas Merton (1915), Norman Mailer (1923), Oe Kenzaburo (1935), Norris Church Mailer (1949), Denise Fleming (1950), Laura Lippman (1959), Patrick Gale (1962), Steven Amsterdam (1966), Daniel Tammet (1979)

Quote: “There’s always time to read. Don’t trust a writer who doesn’t read. It’s like eating food prepared by a cook who doesn’t eat.” – Laura Lippman

Norman Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award.

Oe Kenzaburo won the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature

Daniel Tammet is an English writer and autistic savant. His 2006 memoir “Born on a Blue Day” is about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome.

Laura Lippman’s novels have won the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry awards.

I remember reading Zane Grey with my dad. He was a huge Zane Grey fan. Me, not so much, but it was the act of going to the library with him and having him read them to me that meant something. Read to your kids. It means everything.

If you like westerns, try some of The Wild Rose Press Wylder series.

January 29

Birthdays: Thomas Paine (1737), Anton Chekhov (1860), Romain Rolland (1866), Vincente Blasco Ibanez (1867), Bill Peet (1915), Paddy Chayefsky (1923), Edward Abbey (1927), Christopher Collier (1930), Germaine Greer (1939), Robin Morgan (1941), Rosemary Wells (1943), Olga Tokarczuk (1962)

Quote: “Be sure not to discuss your hero’s state of mind. Make it clear from his actions. Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekov (defined one of the most enduring and popular literary devices “Chekholv’s Gun” – the writer unobtrusively introduces an object early on in the story—but its significance does not become clear until much later.)

Paddy Chayefsky won three Academy Awards for his original screenplays for “Marty”, “The Hospital”, and “Network”

Romain Rolland won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915.

Vincent Ibanez is mostly known for Hollywood adaptations of his works.

Bill Peet was a childrens’ author and illustrator and also a writer for Disney.

Christopher Collier was a Pulitzer nominee and Newbery Honor winner.

Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Spotlight: Gabby Allan

Coming July 26, 2022!!!

Up for preorder now! See links below.

In Gabby Allan’s second Santa Catalina Island-set mystery series with a rom-com twist, boat tour guide Whitney Dagner, her chonky cat Whiskers, and Whitney’s not-so-ex police diver boyfriend must lead a dangerous investigation into years of scandal and bad blood…

Take in the wild beauty of Santa Catalina Island with tour guide and eclectic gift shop owner Whitney Dagner. On the itinerary: dramatic Pacific coastlines, diverse marine life, and murder!

Since returning home from mainland California and finding her groove with the family tourism business, Whitney Dagner’s daily routine has become a wonderfully chaotic adventure. She and her nimble kitty, Whiskers, often find themselves at the center of the action on Catalina, from staged treasure hunts to gossipy birdwatchers. But before Whit can get too comfortable in the place where she grew up, a gift shop order leads to a stunning discovery—someone’s dead body . . .

One of Whit’s best boat tour client’s, Leo Franklin was young and newly engaged when he unceremoniously took his own life. Only it doesn’t seem like that’s what really happened—not after the suspicious activity displayed by his family’s old rivals at the scene of his death. As a bitter, generations-long feud between Leo’s kin and the local Ahern clan comes to a head, Whit and her police diver not-so-ex-boyfriend must lead a dangerous investigation into years of scandal and bad blood to figure out who’s innocent . . .and who’s covering a killer’s tracks.

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After writing plays for her friends to act out as a kid, bad poetry in high school, and her high school Alma Mater song, Gabby Allan finally found her true passion—cozy mysteries. Being able to share her world with readers, one laugh at a time, and touch people’s hearts with her down-to-earth characters makes for the best job ever. This California girl now lives with her husband, daughter, and two insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel.


January 26 – New Books

Available from The Wild Rose Press:

Today’s literary birthdays:

Birthdays: Mary Dodge (1831), Philip Jose Farmer (1918), Jules Feiffer (1929), Susan Griffin (1943), Angela Davis (1944), Christopher Hampton (1946), Jonathan Carroll (1949), Laurence Shames (1951), Nick Flynn (1960), Shannon Hale (1974),

Quote: “There’s almost always a point in a book where something happens that triggers the rest of the plot.” “Just write about what bites you and damn the rest.” – Jonathan Carroll

Philip Jose Farmer was a prolific writer best known for his Riverworld science fiction novels.

Shannon Hale writes YA fantasy. Her novel “Princess Academy” won the Newbery Honor.

Susan Griffin’s book “A Chorus of Stones” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Jules Feiffer, an American cartoonist, won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize.

New Reviews

Under Mysteries: “Short-Circuited in Charlotte” by Amy Patricia Meade – 3 Sparklers for this cozy mystery.

Under Romance: “Bridges” by Linda Griffin – a sweet romance set in 1963 between a chauffeur and a young, blind heiress. 4 Sparklers. (Note: this is on pre-order and will not be out until April)

Coming Soon: Lost Among the Stars

Available now for digital preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (links below)

Tagline: How do you escape death when you are lost in space and a killer is aboard your ship?

Blurb: Amanda Ki’s humanitarian trip to Xy-Three is fraught with assassins and saboteurs who are popping up faster than she can deal with them. Caught up in a web of intrigue, kidnapping, and terror, Mandy joins forces with the captain of the Phoenix, Declan Chalmers. Declan is tall, dark, handsome, and probably the most arrogant, dictatorial man she has ever met. He’s also one of the few people she can trust. Declan doesn’t know what to expect from the VIP who heads up a million-dollar enterprise, when she boards his ship. The tiny, exotic, and packed full of grit woman is not only drop dead gorgeous and smart, she’s also deadly when it comes to martial arts. A skill he wants on his side when the space craft is sabotaged. Thrown together, the two form a tight bond, but if they aren’t careful, they could end up dead.

Book Links

The Wild Rose Press: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/bookauthor/vicky-burkholder

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Among-Stars-Galactic-Danger-ebook/dp/B09QJJL8ZH

Barnes & Noble: Lost Among the Stars by Vicky Burkholder | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)